Alexandra Adornetto is the author of the New York Times bestseller Halo, and her new book Hades is poised to burn up the charts as well. For a limited time, you can read excerpts of Halo and Hades on Figment. Adornetto has crafted a world in which angels and demons collide in the tiny town of Venus Cove. In real life, she’s a country music enthusiast and a student at Ole Miss. Ready for the double bonus points? She’s only seventeen.
As a young person, who did you look up to most?
I’ve always looked up to talented, versatile actors like Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. Acting/theater has always been a big part of my life and I admire actors who can seamlessly shift into characters.
What was your worst subject in school?
Math! Numbers have never made much sense to me. I just don’t find them exciting.
What was your first job?
I started writing novels at age thirteen. It’s the only job I’ve ever had!
What’s your first childhood memory?
I used to climb down through a trapdoor in our pantry where “Goblin George” lived. I’d take onions with me because that was all he liked to eat! My mom used to get really annoyed because she’d look for onions to cook with, but I’d taken them all!
What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory?
Launching into a song in front of a big audience and the accompanist played the wrong song! It was very awkward for both of us.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing poems and short stories for as long as I can remember. It was only after I had finished my first book that I thought about giving professional writing a shot. I figured, I’d written the novel, might as well send it off to a publisher. I didn’t expect anything to come of it, but when the book was picked up, I realized writing wasn’t just something I loved but something I could also make a career out of.
You can read the full version of this Q-and-A in the paperback edition of Halo.